Excursion to Melbourne Museum, St Patrick’s Cathedral and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Chapel

Today our Middle students ventured off into the city to see what we could find out about the important signs, symbols and traditions of various groups in our society. We were all lucky enough to explore to the First Peoples Exhibition at Melbourne Museum, while some groups visited either St Patrick’s Cathedral or the St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Chapel at ACU.

At the First Peoples Exhibition, we were able to share in the knowledge, stories, culture, and objects that are significant to our Aboriginal community. Through discussion we were able to understand more about the Aboriginal culture and how it has evolved and continued to strengthen over time.

At St Patrick’s Cathedral and ACU, we explored symbols, rituals and traditions that are special to our Catholic Faith. We made connections between these special places of worship and our very own Sacred Space at school. It was great to hear the buzz of excitement as we were able to share our knowledge of Catholic symbols and rituals with other members of our group!

  • I wonder what symbols you saw? Can you describe them?
  • Can you name some traditions? I wonder what you think these symbols represent?
  • What rituals did you learnt about? Can you explain them? Did they remind you of any rituals that you know of?
  • How might these symbols, traditions and rituals be similar to experiences you have had?

Please remember to record your reflections in a comment below 🙂

Lastly, thank you to all our parent helpers who were able to assist today. Your presence, support and enthusiasm allowed us to make the most of this fantastic learning experience!

Weekly Reminders

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome back to Term 2!

We hope you all had a restful break and ready for the term to come!

Please see the Weekly Reminders tab for an updated timetable for reminders for each of our homegroups.

Please note there has been some changes made for Term 2.

Thanks

Year Three Team

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Important Information: Swimming

Due to an unforeseen change from Leisure City there has been a change to our final swimming sessions.

Students in the Coral homegroup will now have their final session on Wednesday 27th March (Week 9).

Students in the Clam and Oyster homegroups will now have their final session on Wednesday 3rd April (Week 10).

A new permission slip will be sent home tomorrow. It is important that these permission slips are returned to school ASAP, especially for those in the Coral homegroup.

Thank you for your continued support.
We apologise if this change causes any inconvenience.

Harmony Day

Harmony day is when different cultures unite and come together as one community. On this day we discover other cultures and participate in many activities.

At SMCM we celebrate harmony day with a family picnic and we also wear a splash of orange or cultural dress. During learning time, we have the opportunity to share and learn about different cultures.

Have a look at the HARMONY DAY website for more information.

 THE PICNIC! 

The picnic was great!! We started our night with a “welcome to country” performance by Mitch Tambo and his little brother Zeek (a past student of SMCM). Then we had a some incredible performances by the choir and ukulele club. After that we watched a performance by the Junior students with a song called ‘Hello to all the children of the world’. We also had an awesome performance by the middle students and had a blast with the foundation students singing ‘We’re all in this together.’ It was a great night and we look forward to have many more nights just like that!

Written by: Ascah, Ria, Christeena and Justina.

LEARNING ABOUT HARMONY DAY

During Harmony Week and on Harmony day, we participated in lots of activities about Harmony, Unity, Belonging and Diversity. It was great learning off each other. We learnt about different cultures and that everyone is different in their own special way. On harmony day the seniors and middle students collaborated and created unique hand artwork that represented different cultures. In groups, we researched the artistic styles of various countries. We then used this research to decorate our hand print. We learnt how to say hello in many different language too:

  • Ciao
  • Bongu
  • Mathabaun
  • Namaste
  • Hola
  • Ni Hao
  • Talofa Lafa

Can you match the words to their nationality?

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We also discussed the meaning of multiculturalism and how it is a beautiful word because it means everyone is different and that we all belong! Isn’t it great that we are all different and all our differences make Australia such a colourful and beautiful country.

Written by Hannah (Corals), Isabella (Corals), Chiara, Madison, Neha

What did you do to celebrate Harmony Day?

How can you show respect to people from other cultures?

What  do these words mean and how do they link to Harmony Day? How can we show examples of these words?

Harmony

Unity

Dignity

Respect

Belonging

 

Caritas Friday – 100% Dignity

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – St Teresa of Calcutta

We are encouraged to wear a SPLASH of BLUE to remember to save water today and everyday…and to think of those who face water shortages!

Friday the 22nd of March is also World Water Day 2019.
The theme this year is ‘Leaving no one behind’.
Billions of people from communities around the world are still without safe water.
Could you imagine living without clean, running water?

Please bring a gold coin donation to support Project Compassion.
All money raised helps Caritas Australia as they work with local communities to create new hope for a better future.

Click here to view this week’s interactive workbook.